New iOS 12 Features Let Users Limit Screen Time, Reduce Interruptions

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The new iOS 12 will keep users updated on how much time they're spending on their devices and break it down by applications.

Do Not Disturb has been updated so that it can be disabled at certain times, locations, or after certain actions. iOS 12 also gives users more options on how they can manage notifications so that they can be delivered quietly or turned off completely.

Parents will be able to set limits on children's iPhone activity.

The new Screen Time feature is one of the most significant add-ons with iOS 12.

A new Do Not Disturb during Bedtime mode will dim the phone's display and hide all notifications on the lock screen until you prompt it in the morning.

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In other Apple news, the California-based company has introduced a new anti-tracking feature for their Safari browser that takes a direct hit at Facebook. It is a small change for sure, but one that makes so much sense and one that would save iPhone X users the at least a few seconds every time they try to close an app on their device. The format will also get support in Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of apps for professional photographers, videographers and designers.

A public beta will be available to iOS users later this month. Most of it is deeply wonky stuff, like Apple's new augmented reality features which will allow you to precisely measure things or deep learning tech that figures out which photos you and your friend took at the same party.

Until Monday, Apple had let developers tap Siri for voice control in only a handful of apps such as PayPal and Uber.

Photo An Apple store in San Francisco.

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Apple Inc. said it will combine the different software systems underpinning iPhone and Mac apps, creating a larger, more-attractive ecosystem for millions of developers.

Animoji, the company's animated emoji which track a user's face, has been updated to include new animals, as well as the ability to detect if the person is sticking their tongue out.

The tech giant said updates mean the new operating system will run up to 40% on all devices, including older ones compatible for the update. But senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi used a variety of euphemisms for it: "We might not realise just how distracted we've become", he said. Joining the current roster will be a ghost, tiger, koala, and T-rex. FaceTime will support animoji and filters, too. Apple went above and beyond, letting you video chat with up to 32 people at once. In Safari, enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention helps block social media "Like" or "Share" buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission. Only then, would users be able to force-quit apps, by either swiping up or tapping a small minus icon at the top left corner of the app.

"Great technology should improve life, not distract from it", reads Google's new digital wellbeing site.

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